A to Zim: photographer puts a chunk of home on the map

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A to Zim: photographer puts a chunk of home on the map

Lensman is filling in the gaps left by Google Street View, and bringing a boost to African economies in the process

Sharon Mazingaizo

After discovering that his hometown of Harare was absent from Google Street View, one man from Zimbabwe decided to correct that.

Tawanda Kanhema, 39, a digital strategist and photographer working in Silicon Valley, moved  from Zimbabwe to the US in 2009,  and his background in journalism and documentary film-making led him to create a visual tour of Zimbabwe on Google Street View.

In 2018, Kanhema did a two-week mapping trip back to Zimbabwe, shooting sights and interesting places as a way to correct the digital divide between Zimbabwe and major Western cities. He told Times Select he was struck by the gap in the accessibility and quality of digital products and services that were taken for granted in larger Western cities...

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